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Bradford doctor Ahmed Masood jailed for child sex assaults

Ahmed Masood Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Ahmed Masood, 71, had worked as a GP and hospital doctor in the Bradford area.

A retired doctor who sexually assaulted a young girl 30 years ago has been been jailed for nine years.

Ahmed Masood, of Lampards Close, Allerton, in Bradford, worked as a GP and hospital doctor in West Yorkshire before his retirement.

He subjected his victim to repeated assaults between 1982 and 1985 when the girl was aged between seven and eight.

Masood, 71, was convicted of six counts of indecent assault at Bradford Crown Court in September.

Jailing him at Leeds Crown Court, Judge Christopher Batty said had the offences been committed under the current legislation, Masood could have expected a prison term of 15 years.

He told Masood he had abused the trust of his victim and her parents in a "horrific way".

"I don't think it's any exaggeration to say her life has been ruined," he said.

Following the sentencing, a friend of Masood's victim, who is now in her 30s, said she welcomed the nine-year jail term.

She said: "The one thing she would have liked is for him to show some remorse. She would have liked a sorry from him, if nothing else."

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